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A Major Upset From Dutch Student Team In Efg Bank Sailing Arabia - The Tour
Dutch Student Team Delft Challenge -TU Delft pulled off a stunning victory in today's leg of the Gulf region's only long distance offshore sailing race, finishing over an hour ahead of the nearest rival. The leg, which takes in some of the scenic backdrops on the Tour, should have been plain sailing for the leading three teams.

After taking the risky tactics of splitting from the rest of the fleet and heading inshore in the early hours of this morning, the Dutch student team led by Kay Heemskerk had extended away at one point by more than 10 miles - impressive on a leg that ended up being less than 60 miles from start to finish, after it was shortened.

The result leaves TU Delft solidly in fourth place overall, while Bertrand Pace's team on AISM continues to lead albeit with only a 4.25 point advantage over second-placed BAE Systems going into tomorrow's final sprint leg of EFG Bank Sailing Arabia - The Tour, from Mussanah Marina back to The Wave, Muscat.

With just one leg to go, the crews are all resting well tonight, the top three on their guard to ensure that another upset can't happen before the fleet reaches The Wave Muscat, the state of the art marina that is the final destination of this flagship sailing event for the Gulf region.

www.sailingarabiathetour.com

RORC Increase Entries To Rolex Fastnet Race
With the entry limit of 300 filled within 24 hours, over 100 boats on the waiting list and entries from multihulls, IMOCA 60s and Class 40s still coming in, demand for places in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race have been greater than ever. To answer this unprecedented demand the RORC has decided to increase the number of places available for IRC rated boats by an extra 40 places, to 340. The addition of multihulls, IMOCAs, Class 40s and Mini Transats could easily bring the total fleet to 380 boats and to cope with this the club has decided to move the event to Plymouth Yacht Haven which has the capacity to supply the extra berthing that is needed.

Plymouth Yacht Haven has capacity for 450 berths, is accessible at all tides and has comprehensive facilities to satisfy the requirements of the competitors, organisers and sponsors. It will host the Rolex Fastnet Race Village where spectators can mingle with sailing superstars and enjoy live music and a variety of activities.

In 2011 the RORC committee removed the "pro sailed boats" such as Volvo 70s, IMOCAs and Class 40s from the 300 entries to release nearly 30 places for IRC rated boats on the waiting list who are the only boats eligible to win the main trophy, the Fastnet Challenge Cup

Starting from Cowes, Isle of Wight on 11th August, yachts will arrive in Plymouth between 13th and 17th August at the end of what can be a very challenging offshore race.

fastnet.rorc.org

Rogers Yacht Design Requires Full-Time Experienced Yacht Designer
Rogers Yacht Design A vacancy has arisen for a full time Yacht Designer with a minimum of 5 years experience in an international design office.

Past experience should show excellent organisational skills and evidence of being able to work as part of a team and on own initiative. The successful candidate must be well versed with, Maxsurf, Hydromax, Rhino and Win Design with Catia experience also being an advantage.

'Interests' should reflect a strong commitment to the industry.

To apply, please e. mail CV and any relevant references to:

St. Moritz Match Race Postponed to 2014
London, UK: The St Moritz Match Race, an official stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, has been postponed to 2014 due to a lack of commercial funding for the event this year.

"We are very sad to have to make this decision," said Beryl Pieper, President of the St. Moritz Match Race organising committee. "We sincerely hope to be back in 2014 with a new elite international event for our beautiful region of Engadin. The St. Moritz Match Race has become a favourite among the international fleet of champions competing on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour each year, both for the hospitality and the quality of the racing. This event allowed us to put St. Moritz and Engadin on the international sailing map."

During its 10 years on the international sailing calendar, the St. Moritz Match Race has crowned some of greatest champions of sailing as 'King of the Mountain' including Ed Baird, Mathieu Richard, Torvar Mirsky, Adam Minoprio and Ian Williams. The event has also made it possible for some of the best Swiss match racing teams, including the Monnin brothers (3rd in 2007), to compete on the world stage.

"This is obviously disappointing news for the Tour" commented James Pleasance, Executive Director of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. "The St Moritz Match Race has always been a popular event with sailors and guests, and we are working closely with the organisers to ensure the return of the event to the Tour next year."

2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Calendar:
Stage 1: May 15 - 20 - Match Race Germany, Langenargen, Germany
Stage 2: May 28 - June 2 - Korea Match Cup, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Stage 3: July 1 - 6 - Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden
Stage 4: Aug 6 - 11 - Chicago Match Cup, Chicago, USA
Stage 5: Sep 17 - 21 - Dutch Match Cup, Lelystad, Netherlands
Stage 6: Oct 7 - 13 - Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda
Stage 7: Dec 2 - 7 - Monsoon Cup, K.Terengganu, Malaysia
(Provisional dates and may be subjected to changes)

www.stmoritz-matchrace.ch

Judgment Day
Photo by Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us. Click on image for photo gallery.

Red Bull Youth America's Cup San Francisco, California, USA: National crews from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland, made the cut to advance to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup where they will meet five crews supported by current America's Cup teams.

Double Olympic Gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, made the selections after closely monitoring the teams on and off the water during the two back-to-back selection weeks.

Race results made up 60-percent of the selection criteria. Teams were also evaluated on professionalism on and off the water, as well as on the training programs they have set up to develop their skills further between now and September.

The five teams selected today have now qualified to race in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup from September 1-4, in a fleet that includes five additional youth crews supported by current America's Cup teams.

Selection Series Teams advancing to Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Australia - Objective Australia
Germany - STG/NRV Youth Team
New Zealand - Full Metal Jacket Racing
Portugal - ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team
Switzerland - Team TILT

Youth crews supported by America's Cup World Series Teams
France - Energy Team/Name TBC
New Zealand - Emirates Team New Zealand/Name TBC
Sweden - Artemis Racing/Swedish Youth Challenge
USA - ORACLE TEAM USA/American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)
USA - ORACLE TEAM USA/USA45 Racing (USA)

americascup.com

Charter An Open 70
Project 1 Racing Experience the thrill of Volvo Open 70 racing! We have an extensive calendar planned for 2013. This includes: the RORC channel races, Fastnet, Cowes Week, Middle Sea Race, Arc Transatlantic and Caribbean Races.

We can tailor a package to meet your needs. Bring your friends and spend time with us team building with your colleagues, or take your clients out on an experience of a lifetime in a Volvo Open 70.

We can offer charters from the Solent, Europe or in the winter the Caribbean. We have vast experience of Inshore and Offshore sailing. If you'd like to join us for a particular event, check out our race events for more information.

Our boat charters are individual, and packaged to your specifications. Alternatively, if you are unable to get a full crew together, we can offer some individual crewing opportunities at many of the Race Events on our sailing calendar.

Our Volvo 70 is commercially coded and fully certified for the waters it sails. The Volvo 70 will accommodate up to 12 guests inshore and 8-10 guests offshore.

See our Race Events and more information on our new website: www.volvo70charter.co.uk

Indian First Solo Non Stop Circumnavigator Enters Last Lap
Lt Commander Abilhash Tomy, Indian Navy, in his 56 foot sloop Mhadei, has passed south of the Cape of Good Hope.

He has now passed south of the three great capes that mark a true circumnavigation, Cape Horn, Cape Leeuin and the Cape of Good Hope. He now enters the Indian Ocean and heads north for the final 5000 miles of his voyage to complete his circumnavigation at his start port in Mumbai, India.

His expected eta in Mumbai is 1st April and on arrival he will be the first Indian to complete a solo non stop circumnavigation of the world.

Three years ago, Mhadei, which was built by Aquarius Fibreglas Ltd in Goa, India, was sailed solo around the world by Commander Dilip Donde, Indian Navy, with stops in Australia, the Falklands and Cape Town, thus becoming the first Indian solo circumnavigator.

Help Finish The Man On The River Documentary
Italian adventurer Giacomo's incredible 3,000-mile journey from London to Istanbul in an Iain Oughtred dinghy has been featured in depth in Classic Boat (issues 296 and 297) and he is also a nominee for the person of the year category in our inaugural Classic Boat Awards (voting now closed).

Giacomo was filmed and photographed throughout his journey and now he and director Paulo Muran are making the two-hour documentary film showing his adventure. They have a long road ahead of them, what with seven terrabytes of footage to sort through. They need to raise a total of US$15,000 to finish the film, $2,180 of which has already been raised.

View the trailer for the film: www.riverwaterdoc.com

There are various options - the most popular of which will probably be pre-ordering the film. If you can help, click here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/282392?c=home

Read Part one of Giacomo's story here

Part two is in the March issue, on sale now. -- Steffan Meyric-Hughes

www.classicboat.co.uk

National 12 Among The Winners at Ice-Cold Steve Nicholson Trophy
Photo by Brenda Hoult. Click on image for photo gallery.

Steve Nicholson Trophy With a packed entry of 148 boats for the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy despite the 1 degree conditions, it was the National 12 of Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart who won the biggest of the four fleets at Northampton Sailing Club on Saturday. After drought conditions last year, the relentless rain of the past 12 months created a larger field of play at Pitsford Reservoir, the venue for the sixth and final event of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series.

In the competitive 59-boat Doublehander fleet, Pete Gray and Rachel Rhodes's Scorpion won the first race, then Matt Biggs and John Hackett's Merlin Rocket who took the second. The light winds made it hard for anyone to gain an edge over the fleet, making it very competitive for a wide range of classes. In the end a 4,3 score by Ibbotson and Stewart's National 12 was enough to give them overall fleet victory ahead of Mike and Liz Senior's GP14 and Jack Banks and Penny Jeffcoate's Scorpion. Fireball World Champion Tom Gillard with Simon Potts finished in 6th, the first trapeze boat in the division. Former 505 World Champion Ian Pinnell with Tim Needham was 12th in the fleet.

Held in fond memory of popular local sailor Steve Nicholson, the event was another big fundraising success for Asthma UK, represented by Elspeth Dando who thanked organisers and competitors for raising vital funds for the charity.

For full results from the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy 2013, go here: events.sailracer.org/eventsites/

Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships
Auckland , New Zealand: Scott Barnes and his team of Jackson MacFarlane, Rawiri Geddes and Michael Boucher representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have won the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship 2013.

Barnes overcame Adam Middleton (RPNYC) 2-0 in the final. Barnes took the first race by 36 seconds, and in the second Middleton came back on the second beat. The wind was shifty and Middleton did really well to keep the game close.

The Quarter Finals were unable to be completed due to a lack of wind, so the top four were straight into Semi Finals when the boats left the dock around midday in search of wind.

Barnes chose to sail Pierce but lost the first race by 9 seconds. Barnes then took the next two races and secured his spot in the Finals.

This left Gilmour and Middleton to sail off in the other Semi Final. Gilmour won the first, Middleton the second and it was down to the wire! Middleton had a strong and convincing win by 42 seconds to secure the second spot in the Finals.

After a frustrating start to the day towing boats around and searching for wind the Race Committee ended up back in front of the Squadron in a great afternoon northerly breeze.

Final Placings

1. Scott Barnes Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS)
2. Adam Middleton Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (RPNYC)
3. Sam Gilmour Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (RFBYC)
4. Claudia Pierce Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS)
5. Charlie Lalumiere Portland Yacht Club (PYC)
6. Malcolm Parker Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC)
7. Christophe Killian Balboa Yacht Club (BYC)
8. Hannah Osborne Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS)
9. George Anyon Bucklands Beach Yacht Club (BBYC)
10. Will Holz Chicago Yacht Club (CYC)
11. Nick Howe Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS)
12. Hampus Appelgren Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS)
13. Stephanie Doyle Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC)
14. Richard Minielly Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC)

Report from the ISAF: www.sailing.org/news/33963.php

www.rnzys.org.nz

Sailing Superstars Head To The Rya Dinghy Show
Eight of the UK's finest dinghy sailors will be heading to the RYA Dinghy Show 2013 over the weekend of 02-03 March to share their top tips, answer your questions, sign autographs and much more.

On Saturday we are joined by London 2012 / Team Volvo sailors Kate Macgregor and Annie Lush and fellow Skandia Team GBR sailors Nick Thompson and Dylan Fletcher.

Nick, Kate, Dylan and Annie will officially open the show on Saturday when they cut the ribbon and sound the starters' horn, before taking part in main stage talks, leading coaching sessions, handing out prizes, signing autographs as well as trying their hand at some of the shows interactive activities including; the model boat pool, the Magic Marine Trapezing Wall, Holt Blow Boat Challenge, Marlow Ropes Splicing and the RYA Volvo Sail for Gold Game throughout the day.

Once again our sailors will be helping issue some amazing prizes throughout the show.

Buy your tickets in advance and you will also receive a free subscription for three digital issues of Yachts & Yachting magazine and have the chance to help your club win some amazing prizes.

For more information about what's on, competitions, ticket information and online booking visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

Finglas Rqys Resident Coach
Internationally qualified yachting coach Adrian finglas has been appointed to the important role of managing a revolutionary youth training program at Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

His personal career embraces numerous stories of success as an individual sailor and a specialised coach which all started when he first leant to master the sport on the confined waters on Sandgate's Cabbage Tree creek before winning the 1983 Australian Sabot championship at the tiller of his snub-nose Dinghy Hot Pursuit.

Surprisingly during his primary school years he had shown the talent to fulfil a promising career in swimming but thankfully elected to master sailing free with the wind winning his second Australian championship in the international 420 class in 1986.

This result set the benchmark for Finglas to pursue a career in coaching and was destined for success when he was invited to be a guest coach with the strong American team at the Barcelona Olympics.

The now three time Olympic coach capped a personal career highlight when the Australian crew of Queensland's Dan Fitzgibbon and his New South Wales crew mate Liesel Tesch won the Scud 18 class Gold Medal at the Paralympics in London.

He has the gifted skill to encourage average club sailors into winning World championships. and he is not the type of person to stand taller than his students.

'"You simply cannot achieve the results without their individual commitment to tough it out and do the hard yards". He said.

His recent appointments approved by incoming Commodore Kevin Miller will initially focus on encouraging the younger generation to happily discover sailing.

"The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron has rolled out the welcome mat with first time sailors joining the "Little Tackers' program in the Optimist dinghies". Finglas said

This program provides an important introduction to the sport while also showcasing the Squadrons initiative to develop a World class youth program including a segment of Americas Cup type match racing in the internationally accepted 6m Elliott class.

"Initially my coaching role will focus on our youth and provide them with the encouragement to enter class racing we are also interested in hosting multi class racing for Sabot, Heron, Mirror, and Graduate dinghies with the junior all boat fleet" Finglas added.

"I am encouraged by the passion of Kevin Miller who will commence a second term as Commodore later this year".

His vision to provide a fully rigged Farr 40 aptly named Keel Train which will be involved as the nautical class room to extend the youth development program into the ocean racing arena strongly supports the intention of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to capitalise of the Australian sailing team success at the London Olympics. -- Ian Grant

Remembering Charlie Leighton
The USSailing Executive Director from 2005-2011, Charlie Leighton made everyone feel like a close friend.

The first time I remember really talking with Charlie was on a tour of his private gym. My two Olympic teammates and I had been invited up to the sunny, open room that housed several machines I'd never seen before. "Try this one out," he said, throwing me yet another one of his infectious grins. "See how much of your body weight you can lift."

I stepped/sat onto the thing, grabbed the handles, and lifted.Charlie Leighton headshot

"13, wow! I've put most of the Sailing Team members on this, and so far that's a record. Great job!" He pumped my hand, and I walked away feeling like I'd really accomplished something. For an almost-retired Olympic athlete, it was nice to be reminded that I could still compete with the young upstarts.

So it would've been a memorable moment, even if he hadn't greeted me for the next few years as "13! How're you doing?"

Charlie went to the great regatta in the sky this past weekend, and he will leave behind a gaping hole in many lives.

Almost single-handedly he created the medalist fundraising program for Olympic sailing that will live on in his absence, because (in the words of former Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Dean Brenner), he "taught us how to do it."

Charlie was always Charlie, no matter whether he was speaking before a board of directors, riding in a powerboat watching racing, or piloting his own plane up the coast of New England. Friendly, caring, personal, with just enough of a glint in his eye that it was all too easy to discount the wisdom of his words. He'll leave behind a large gap of warmth in many lives.

And I will really miss being "13." -- Carol Cronin in boats.com:

blog.boats.com

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The Last Word
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